GBI investigating highly dangerous counterfeit drugs in Coastal Empire

SAVANNAH, GA (WTOC) - A recent study by the Georgia Bureau of Investigation shows alarming data about counterfeit drugs.

Investigators are finding deadly opioids disguised in prescription bottles. The GBI pooled a sample of 100 cases of counterfeit pills in the state of Georgia. Drugs sold on the street marked as a prescribed Xanax or Percocet were tested at a crime lab as much more dangerous drugs.

In the Coastal Empire alone, four cases of confiscated drugs were pills different than what was marked on the bottle. In some of these cases, one pill contained multiple types of fentanyl - a painkiller 100 times more potent than morphine. The GBI says they will continue to do their due diligence tracking this illegal activity on the streets. However, they ask the community to do their part and think twice before popping any sort of medication.

"Just because it doesn't come in a baggie and looks like something, you already know," said Nelly Miles, GBI. "The message is out there - stay away from it. This is definitely something you don't want to play with because one pill could kill."

The GBI says the potency of some of these street drugs is unreal. Some of these pills were tested for carfentanil, which is used to tranquilize elephants. They say to never trust pills brought on the street or from a friend, and only use medication prescribed by a doctor.

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